2,100 find jobs

A TOTAL of 2,100 workers who were retrenched in Penang have found jobs over the past 10 months after registering themselves with the Penang Labour Department.

Department director Hoe Lean Fatt said they were among those who had registered directly with the department or via the Hu-man Resources Ministry’s website (www.jobsmalaysia.gov.my).

“The jobs ranged from exe-cutive level positions to factory operators,” he told reporters at the department’s monthly job fair at the Geodesic Dome in Komtar on Saturday.

The fair, from 9am to 4pm, attracted some 2,000 people.

The department’s senior assistant director Marina Ibrahim said 1,147 jobs were offered by 20 companies that set up booths at the fair.

She said the jobs included positions for senior officers, supervisors, engineers, technicians, clerks and factory ope-rators.

Four training providers for the ministry’s ‘Train and Place’ programmes which equip youths, unemployed graduates and retrenched workers with skills to increase their employability also had booths at the fair.

Marina said there were over 200 government-approved training providers nationwide which provided six-month training courses for participants with the cost borne by the government.

She said trainees also receive monthly allowances ranging from RM500 to RM800 during the training period.

The department also put up a booth to register people with disabilities (OKU) to help them find jobs.

Marina said a total of RM528,000 had been approved for 15 applicants in Penang under the ministry’s special grant for OKUs to help them start new businesses or expand existing ones since the programme was introduced last year.

“We hope to set up a booth for single mothers and housewives to work from home at next month’s state-level job fair which will be held at Dewan Millennium at Kepala Batas on Aug 15 and Aug 16,” she added.

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